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Murray set to face Croatia
Andy Murray has put himself forward to play on all three days in Great Britain's Davis Cup World Group play-off against Croatia next week.
The Scot is set to play his first Davis Cup tie in two years after being named in the British team alongside Dan Evans, James Ward and Colin Fleming.
But there is no place for Fleming's doubles partner, and last year's Wimbledon champion, Jonny Marray.
That implies that Murray is keen to reprise his doubles partnership with childhood friend Fleming, with whom he reached the Masters final in Montreal last month.
Marray's omission is a second disappointment in a matter of hours for the Yorkshireman, who with Fleming was beaten by the Bryan brothers in the quarter-finals of the US Open on Monday night.
Captain Leon Smith has, however, left the option open to bring in another doubles player after the US Open has finished.
Smith said: "We are delighted to be sending our strongest team to Umag in what will be a very tough tie.
"Croatia are former winners of the Davis Cup and currently ranked number 11 in the world but, as we proved in Coventry back in April, we can upset the odds.
"The recent success of our players has inspired more people into our sport and this is another great opportunity to do just that."
Should Murray reach the final of the US Open, he will only have three days to travel to Umag and adjust to clay before potentially playing three five-set matches in as many days.
In reality, it should not be that taxing for the Scot, with Croatia naming an under-strength team.
Their number one Marin Cilic has been off the tour since Wimbledon while Ivo Karlovic retired from Davis Cup last year and has not been persuaded to return.
Croatia will be led by world number 38 Ivan Dodig but their number two, 187th-ranked Antonio Veic, has not won a tour-level match all season while 20-year-old Mate Pavic and Britain-based 16-year-old Borna Coric make up the team.
Evans is in pole position for the second singles spot after reaching the third round in New York as a qualifier but Ward should not be ruled out.
Along with Britain's doubles players, the pair have been the key figures in Britain's rise from the depths of a Europe/Africa Zone Group II relegation play-off only three years ago.
Evans is inexperienced on clay and Smith will watch them both in practice before deciding who to pick, but it would be a brave decision to leave out the 23-year-old from Birmingham given his current form.
Evans and Ward's finest hour in the competition came in Coventry in April when they both won their second singles matches against Russia to complete a stunning comeback from 2-0 down.
Doubles has been the team's banker point in recent times with Britain winning the rubber in eighth successive ties.
It is six years since Britain last won a World Group play-off, which coincidentally was also against Croatia in Tim Henman's final match.
But they were relegated from the 16-team elite group a year later and in 2010 suffered the ignominy of defeat by Lithuania.
That brought the curtain down on John Lloyd's reign as captain, with Smith stepping into the role and then overseeing the end of a five-tie losing streak with victory over Turkey.
Scot Smith, who coached Murray as a teenager, has lost just one of his seven ties in charge, and the fact Evans is now starting to live up to his potential gives hope that Britain could hold their own in the World Group.
However, the last time Britain won a tie in the World Group proper was in 1986, the year before Murray was born.